Duncan MacGillivray was born in Birmingham, England in 1966 and moved to Kilmartin, Scotland with his family in 1975. He graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design in 1989 with a BA(hons) in Ceramic Design. He moved to Glasgow in 1995 and began producing etchings and photo etchings in his spare time, but started producing artwork full time in Oct 2016.
“Become as we are . . . die into us” is a quote from a short story by weird fiction author Thomas Ligotti.
In the story, a person becomes terrified by the idea that they are being slowly transformed into an inanimate puppet by supernatural forces outwith their control, and seem doomed to join a loft space full of puppets created in the same way. While reading these weird fiction stories, Duncan started to work on a series of prints. The project focused on a small collection of 1960’s / 70’s vintage toys – mostly futuristic and space travel related, which he photographed in primitive macro studio settings and then process and compose the results using digital photo editing software.